Estimated 100,000 Attend Anniversary

by Jakob Marschner
The 33rd anniversary of the first apparitions in Medjugorje is celebrated by next to 100,000 people. Medjugorje’s parish priest says that individual recognition of the Medjugorje message precedes the Church recognition. Visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic asks for prayers for the seers.
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A fraction of the just about 100,000 people estimated to be in Medjugorje these days
Thirty-three years after the six Medjugorje visionaries had their first apparition, great numbers of pilgrims gathered today to mark the anniversary. Mass was celebrated in 18 languages.
“Today, the thirty-third anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje, next to 100,000 faithful gathered from around the world” the regional newpaper Dnevni List, based in nearby Mostar, reports.
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Fr. Marinko Sakota
On the occasion, Medjugorje parish priest Fr Marinko Sakota tells Radio Mir Medjugorje that he views the internal change experienced by
pilgrims as the most important part of the Medjugorje phenomenon.
“The most important thing is that I personally recognize Medjugorje, by praying, fasting, and going to Mass. And at the same time that prayer changes us on the inside. It is a recognition of Medjugorje’s corrrectness, and then the official Church will officially recognize all the gifts and fruits. The most important thing is that we recognize the (style of) life of Medjugorje” Fr. Marinko Sakota says.
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Visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic prays before the Blessed Sacrament after the 23rd annual Peace March on June 24. Photo: Medjugorje Info
His comments come five months after the Vatican’s international Commission on Medjugorje delivered its report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the contents of which have remained unknown.
On June 23, visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic issued a rare appeal for prayers for the six Medjugorje visionaries:
“Tonight, when Our Lady comes to me, I will pray for all of you. But you remember the visionaries sometimes and say a prayer for us as well” she said, according to the Medjugorje blog site Crown of Stars

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